Institut Européen des Sciences Humaines


The Insti­tut Européen des Sci­ences Humaines (IESH) is an edu­ca­tion­al facil­i­ty in France asso­ci­at­ed with the Fed­er­a­tion of Islam­ic Orga­ni­za­tions in Europe (FIOE) and its French mem­ber the Union des organ­i­sa­tions islamiques de France (UOIF), both orga­ni­za­tions rep­re­sent­ing the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood in Europe. The orig­i­nal insti­tute was found­ed in the ear­ly 1990s in Château Chi­non, but there are also IESH branch­es in Paris and Orléons. Over the years and with the help of groups tied to the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood, IESH has grown into a Europe-wide net­work of edu­ca­tion­al facil­i­ties: The UK off­shoot of IESH is known as the Euro­pean Insti­tute of Human Sci­ences (EIHS), estab­lished in 1997 with branch­es in Birm­ing­ham and Lon­don. IESH also has an asso­ci­at­ed Ger­man orga­ni­za­tion known as the Europäis­ches Insti­tut für Human­wis­senschaften (EIHW), estab­lished in 2012 and locat­ed in Frank­furt. There is also a Euro­pean Insti­tute Islam­ic for Human Sci­ences (EIIHS) locat­ed in Helsin­ki, Fin­land, estab­lished in 2015. While it is unclear what is being taught at IESH, the the­o­log­i­cal view of its lead­er­ship sug­gests those views are in line with the Islam­ic fun­da­men­tal­ism of the Glob­al Mus­lim Broth­er­hood. At least a dozen indi­vid­u­als asso­ci­at­ed with IESH have been or are cur­rent mem­bers of the Euro­pean Coun­cil for Fat­wa and Research, the the­o­log­i­cal body of the Glob­al Mus­lim Broth­er­hood until recent­ly head­ed by Youssef Qaradawi.